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Clear Spring boys still young, restless

January 05, 2000|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

CLEAR SPRING - Chalk it up to youth that Clear Spring showed no signs of intimidation Wednesday against Berkeley Springs, a team that beat the Blazers by 21 points just 10 days ago.

Also chalk it up to youth that when the pressure built on the Blazers in the fourth quarter, they didn't quite hold up.

Berkeley Springs forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers with a full-court press and Clear Spring missed 11 of their first 13 shots in the period, allowing the Indians to rally for a 59-49 win.

"We got sloppy in the fourth quarter, and just didn't execute the way I hoped we would," said Clear Spring coach Daryl Hunsberger. "Probably youth, lack of concentration and not being in enough close ballgames is what destroyed us tonight."

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The Blazers (1-8) took control of the game with a quick 8-0 run midway through the third quarter. Josh Keyton and Gerad Haupt hit 3-pointers, and Justin Michael sandwiched a driving layup in between to give Clear Spring a 33-23 lead with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the period.

The Indians (5-1) turned the tide with an 11-2 run of their own, but a free throw by Chad Basore and a bucket by Michael stretched the Clear Spring lead back to four before Berkeley Springs turned up the heat.

After trading buckets to start the fourth, Clear Spring went cold. As the Blazers missed eight straight shots, the Indians made four in a row and added five free throws for a 49-40 lead with 2:44 left

"I don't know if it was what we did so much as what they started not doing," said Berkeley Springs coach Mick Pentoney. "They started turning the ball over. We changed the defense, and we had some intensity, but it was more them than us."

When the Blazers recovered, they were far enough behind that they had to begin fouling the Indians. Berkeley Springs converted when it needed to, hitting 10 of 14 foul shots in the final two minutes.

"Overall, the first three quarters, I'm real pleased with the kids. I'm real proud of what they did offensively," Hunsberger said. "It's just the youth of the program and having to learn to finish. In the fourth quarter we went cold, and that can happen with young kids."

Berkeley Springs 59, Clear Spring 49




BERKELEY SPRINGS (59)

Rockwell 15, Waugh 12, Mason 6, Paine 10, Twigg 5, Logsdon 11. Totals 17 23-40 59.

CLEAR SPRING (49)

Everitts 4, Michael 15, Keyton 5, Yeakle 2, Basore 12, Haupt 11. Totals 20 5-11 49.

Berk. Springs 12 7 15 25 - 59

Clear Spring 7 15 16 11 - 49

Three-point goals - Berkeley 2 (Waugh, Mason), C. Spring 4 (Keyton, Haupt 3).

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